By Roxana Tiron - 12/30/09 09:05 PM EST
A key air security panel on Capitol Hill is to hold hearings in the wake of the Christmas Day terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound passenger flight.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), the chairman of an aviation security panel, on Wednesday said that he and Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.), the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, agreed to hold a series of hearings on transportation security issues in the aftermath of the failed bombing.
Dorgan also called on GOP critics who have bashed the Obama administration for its response to the failed attack to stop their criticism.
Dorgan called for a full investigation of the failed bombing incident to “find accountability for the breakdown in security procedures.”
“It appears to me that there were serious failures in sharing information among intelligence and other agencies that allowed this alleged terrorist to board an international flight to the United States,” Dorgan said.
Dorgan also called on the ranking member of his subcommittee, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), to lift his hold on President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSocial Security to run dry three years sooner than expected: study Former CIA chief shuts down Trump's calls for waterboarding Clinton camp: Trump's fundraising 'bragging is total bunk' MORE’s nominee to head of the Transportation Security Administration.
“Our country needs leadership now at this important agency, and our national security interests are more important than the political interests that prompt senators to hold up nominees,” Dorgan said. “Having this position vacant at this time is hurting our national security."
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio) issued a statement on Wednesday asking the Obama administration to keep the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center open. BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE linked the Obama administration’s handling of the bombing incident to the “dangerous decision” to close Guantánamo and bring 9/11 terror suspects to New York for trial.